Money Talks


Money Talks: Travel Tips

Want to save money while you travel? Will you be traveling during the holidays? Whether it’s traveling around town, the state, or the country, we’ve got some tips to discuss that will help you stretch your dollars.

Free things:

  • Catch a magnificent sunset or sunrise
  • Take a walk or bike ride.
  • Play in the park.
  • Swim at the beach or lake.
  • Visit a state park and walk their trails
  • Visit a market.

If you like libations on your vacation - purchase your alcohol from a store. Or take advantage of any happy hours and don’t drink expensive import stuff – give the local stuff a go. 

  • Eat out for Breakfast, Lunch or Brunch: Try and avoid dinner as restaurants raise prices. OR, have brunch instead of 3 meals a day.
  • Eat Away from the Tourist Streets: Just go one street or one block over and it will usually be much cheaper and more authentic!
  • Have Picnics:  Purchase food in a local grocery store or a market and arrange a picnic in one of the city’s parks with great views.
  • Self-Cater Where You Can: Purchasing your own supplies and cooking-in can save you big bucks while you travel. 
  • Use Coupons: Do your research to find travel discounts and coupons for the areas you are visiting. Check out the brochure shelf in the lobby of your hotel. Visit the local tourist information offices for free maps and ideas. Tourist booklets and brochures. Back of supermarket receipts.
  • Websites (local tourist boards and businesses and coupon sites).
  • Have Breakfast Included: When booking a hotel or hostel look for one with breakfast included.
  • Eat Street Food: The reasons are because it’s cheap, you help the locals, and it’s safe – you can see what is actually being cooked and is cooked fresh right in front of you. 

SHOP AROUND FOR TRAVEL INSURANCE – it can vary by company and how inclusive the insurance it is. Will it cover pandemics? Check and see – IF you want to pay for that level of coverage. 


  • IRS tracking your money
  • tourist vs. local
  • beware of skimming
  • camping, eat local
  • eat local

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